Welcome to Phaestos
Phaestos was the second-most important Minoan palace-city after Knossos and enjoys an awe-inspiring setting with panoramic views of the Messara Plain and Mt Psiloritis. Like Knossos, Phaestos (fes-tos) was built atop a previously destroyed older palace and laid out around a central court. In contrast to its bigger cousin, though, this site had fewer frescoes as walls were likely covered with white gypsum. Good English panelling and graphics stationed in key spots help demystify the ruins. The cafe-store has free wi-fi. Visit in the afternoon to avoid sharing the space with bus loads of tourists.